This project developed two measurement instruments for use in home care settings: a one-page screening tool to assess the risk of caregiver burnout, and a 35-page detailed assessment of the caregiver’s situation and the types of services and supports that would best help. The two assessment tools, both to be administered by professionals, were designed by culling information from literature searches, focus groups and key-informant interviews. They were tested at seven sites in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The caregiver risk screen was found to be valid and reliable, and the caregiver assessment tool was “for the most part” reliable. The report concludes that the assessment tool seems to consistently identify both the main areas of concern for the caregivers and the best focus for the service plan. It recommends that both instruments become widely used to help support the needs and concerns of family caregivers.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.